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26 January 2016


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Mercy in the heart of justice

26 January 2016 | Jemimah McMurray

Our prisons are part of the justice system, where the guilty atone for their crimes. But can they also be places where people discover mercy? We asked Silverwater Correctional Centre chaplain Margaret Wiseman. 


Opening God's mercy to all children

26 January 2016 | Clare Deignan

Preparing children for their first reconciliation is a big responsibility at any Catholic school or parish. But St Lucy’s Catholic Primary School has a special job: preparing children with disabilities for the sacrament.


Shining a light on mental illness

26 January 2016 | Virginia Small

When he was diagnosed with depression, teenager Xavier Eales decided to do something to help open the eyes of other students to these issues, with the hope of making life easier for those who might still be suffering in silence. 


Cups of tea with the Queen of Heaven

26 January 2016 | Peta Edmonds

The Sisters of Mercy first came into my life on the eve of the millennium. They were plain-clothed nuns.

 


Mercy, maths and the Crucifixion

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26 January 2016 | Fr Jim McDermott SJ

In the teaching of the Catholic Church, God’s forgiveness of our sins is only possible because of Christ’s death on the cross. But what does this really mean? Fr Jim McDermott takes a deeper look. 


A short history of reconciliation

26 January 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

While the forgiveness of sins was a part of the earliest Church, the sacrament of reconciliation took some time to develop. 


Shining a light on mental illness - Xavier's speech

26 January 2016 | Xavier Eales

St Ignatius College Riverview 2015 school captain Xavier Eales shared his experiences battling depression at his school assembly in the hope of raising awareness among his peers. This is his speech. 


Explorations: Having mercy

26 January 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

one is perfect, and God doesn't expect us to be. But can we learn from our mistakes if we don't acknowledge them? The sacrament of reconciliation invites us into a deeper relationship with our merciful God. 


Mercy and the saints: St Agnes and the spiritual mercy of God

26 January 2016 | Peter Fleming

Believing in the mercy of God doesn’t mean we continue to sin with the knowledge that God will forgive us for anything we do. It’s a belief that living in sin is simply not appealing because it separates us from God. 


Editorial: Mercy in spirituality

26 January 2016 | Michael McVeigh

to the first of our special editions following the Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church in 2016.


AC Classroom: Who goes to heaven?

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26 January 2016 | Nirmalene Candappa

Do you have to be Catholic to go to heaven? Is being a good person enough? A look at God’s mercy in the afterlife. 


Mercy prayer: The Ignatian Reconciliation Examen

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An examen is a prayerful reflection on recent events in our life to find where God has been present to us, and to discern where God is leading us. 


Home truths: Why we cry over spilt milk

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26 January 2016 | Kate Moriarty

It’s never fun when sparks fly in the family home. But the hardest part comes after that – when we have to say sorry. 


Unguarded moments: Fessing up

26 January 2016 | Ann Rennie

Mercy is God’s way of telling us we are loved.


Mercy notes: Mercy in Spirituality

26 January 2016 | Peter Fleming

The experience of God's mercy is a fundamental part of our Christian faith. It is the belief that Jesus Christ our judge is, before that, our merciful liberator. 


A letter to a poet

26 January 2016 | Michael McGirr

Dear King David, I don’t often write to kings and, to be honest, they don’t often write to me. But there is something about your story which is very down to earth. 


Recipe: Summer bruschetta

26 January 2016 | Brendon D'Souza

This tomato, avocado and broccoli bruschetta makes a great vegan-friendly supper that’s packed with plenty of fresh and colourful summer veggie delights. 


Playlist: Lenten mercy

26 January 2016 | Thea Kurniawan

Keep the spirit of mercy alive with this playlist. 


The divine guilt trip

26 January 2016 | Neve Mahoney

The idea of an omniscient God (a God that knows all) can be an intimidating concept. There’s a paranoia in believing that you are constantly being watched, and more than that, being judged. 


Becoming God's bestie this Lent

26 January 2016 | Young writers

Lent is a time to clear away the clutter so that we can focus on the more important relationships in life. We asked some of our young writers what they might give up, and what they might do, to deepen their friendship with God this Lent. 

 


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